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UFL could still be an option for JaMarcus

With Monday’s arrest for possession of a controlled substance, former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has blown whatever chance he may have had to land with the Jets.

Other potentially interested NFL teams likely will scatter as well, and it appears (as NFLN’s Mike Lombardi explained on Monday night) that Russell’s options in the NFL have evaporated like a puddle of purple drank on a 110-degree desert afternoon.

And while Lombardi points out that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats hold the CFL rights to the first pick in the 2007 NFL draft, let’s not rule out the UFL.

We reported last month that the Omaha Nighthawks want to pair him up with former NFL running back Ahman Green.  We thereafter reported that Russell remained intent on continuing his NFL year.

Though we’ve yet to confirm that the Nighthawks remain interested in a possible jailbird, the Nighthawks have targeted defensive tackle Hollis Thomas notwithstanding his eight-game suspension for violating a second time the NFL’s steroids policy.  So we doubt that the upstart league would turn up its nose at a guy who could be inclined to pour a slightly more potent sauce on his Omaha steaks.

Given recent developments, it could be that Russell will no longer turn up his nose at what could be the best strategy for eventually getting another crack at an NFL career.

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21 Responses to “UFL could still be an option for JaMarcus”
  1. RaiderClay says: Jul 6, 2010 8:52 AM

    TIme for someone to get Martinez on the line for his thoughts now given that he’d blamed the raiders for Russell’s development.

  2. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre says: Jul 6, 2010 8:55 AM

    How much purple kool-aid has Paul Allen drank?

  3. PurpleNGold says: Jul 6, 2010 8:58 AM

    Long-term inpatient addiction therapy should be his first option.

  4. Cerberus says: Jul 6, 2010 9:07 AM

    Russell is a joke. Tom Martinez believes the Raiders ruined Russell, yet I seriously doubt any Raider coaches were holding him down while sizzurp was poured down his throat. Then again, maybe Tom Cable threatened to beat him like a woman if he didn’t drink!
    Truth is, JaMarcus “Bubba-Bling” Russell retired from football the day he got paid! Instead of the Raiders trying to recoup $9M from him, they should have him arrested for theft.

  5. mama tried says: Jul 6, 2010 9:16 AM

    So could Mcdonalds!!

  6. BeaverThomas says: Jul 6, 2010 9:19 AM

    Well if he does “turn his nose up” at any of the few gigs that probably won’t come his way anyway… he could always be a Pharmacy Tech. jus sayin

  7. tv says: Jul 6, 2010 9:20 AM

    The codeine thing was a mistake. He was trying to recapture his ability by trying to get back to his college ways.
    Unfortunately the Purple Drank wasn’t a Purple and Gold Drank.

  8. Pudge Heffelfinger says: Jul 6, 2010 9:47 AM

    Has Russell shown that he could be successful even at the UFL level? This is the same league that has Tim Rattay, Daunte Culpepper, Brooks Bollinger and Josh McCown as starters. Is Jamarcus really any better than those guys? Really?

  9. joelvis72 says: Jul 6, 2010 9:57 AM

    He thought Purple Drank was the Official Beverage of the UFL.

  10. RC IV says: Jul 6, 2010 10:30 AM

    Real Vikings fans wouldn’t cheer for Favre says:
    July 6, 2010 8:55 AM
    How much purple kool-aid has Paul Allen drank?
    ==============================
    I don’t know how much he has drank, but I’m pretty sure his supplier is Johnny Jolly.
    You’d think out of all the fans in the NFL, that the Packers would leave this story alone.
    Once again proving how ignorant you are on the world wide web…..Congrats loser.

  11. steely devil hab says: Jul 6, 2010 10:33 AM

    He’s done. Idiot. Broke

  12. Richm2256 says: Jul 6, 2010 11:16 AM

    Complete bust, as both a player, and a human being.
    We can’t deny that Russell is dedicating himself to becoming a bigger bust – on and OFF the field – as Ryan Leaf was, and that is a monumental task; one which Russell seems very much up to.
    You just got thorougly embarassed as an NFL player by being released. If you had ANY pride what-so-ever, you would finally wake the hell up and dedicate yourself to getting back in shape and playing your way onto a team to prove to the world – as well as yourself – that you DO have talent. If nothing else, you ought to at least TRY, in the hopes of milking some stupid team out of another fat contract to keep supporting your gluttonous lifestyle.
    Nope, not this dude.
    Gonna get high in sizzurp and waste his best days away in a stupor.
    Anyone who is close to Jamarcus has really got to wake this clown up. He is truly destined to be broke, at which time he’ll no doubt do something even dumber and end up with an even more serious arrest record.
    This has ceased being funny, and all any of us can do is sadly watch this slow-motion train wreck.

  13. JohnnyH says: Jul 6, 2010 11:20 AM

    Yes he’s a bust. BUT, he’s still rich. Although I’m fairly certain that figure out away to lose all of his money too.

  14. PurpleNGold says: Jul 6, 2010 11:26 AM

    But Sir, he must learn to take off before he can reasonably expect to land with the Jets.

  15. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 6, 2010 11:28 AM

    Was just thinking about how this compared to Ryan Leaf, who I still think is the biggest bust in NFL draft history.
    Jamarcus just got the requisite arrest for something idiotic. Now he just needs one more incident… something like spitting on a toddler or punching a woman or throwing a tantrum at an IHOP. Then, IMO, he’ll be certified as the biggest draft bust in history.

  16. Wrathchild says: Jul 6, 2010 11:45 AM

    What about Arena football? He can deal with making $30K a year playing in that league.

  17. blacktoothgrin says: Jul 6, 2010 12:24 PM

    AlanSaysYo says:
    July 6, 2010 11:28 AM
    Was just thinking about how this compared to Ryan Leaf, who I still think is the biggest bust in NFL draft history.
    Jamarcus just got the requisite arrest for something idiotic. Now he just needs one more incident… something like spitting on a toddler or punching a woman or throwing a tantrum at an IHOP. Then, IMO, he’ll be certified as the biggest draft bust in history.
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    I say this helps him surpass Leaf. Leafs arrest came years after he was out of the league and at least his was an addiction to pain killers from an injury. JaSizurp was just getting high on codiene, what is his excuse? He had a cough he couldn’t get rid of? Plus he cost a lot more, right? New #1 bust

  18. KM91 says: Jul 6, 2010 1:31 PM

    I didn’t think the UFL was this desperate…

  19. Kris says: Jul 6, 2010 2:42 PM

    Every day I think how glad I am that the Raiders took this guy before the Lions drafted that year. He would have been a slam-dunk for a Matt Millen pick.

  20. robert ethen says: Jul 6, 2010 2:43 PM

    He better not dawdle, those rosters are filling up fast.

  21. Maddenboy says: Jul 6, 2010 9:46 PM

    He is retired. He retired 3 years ago.

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